A FRAUDSTER set up a bogus bank account to fleece a real customer out of thousands of pounds, a court heard.
Ruth Samuels made internet transfers of more than £13,000 into the phoney account under the victim’s same name.
She then presented a forged driving licence with her photo on it to withdraw cash at Santander branches in the Black Country.
But vigilant staff at Santander’s branch in Stafford became suspicious and checked out her identity, Stafford Crown Court heard.
David Bennett, prosecuting, said Samuels’ attempt to withdraw further £1,500 was foiled. The driving licence was found to be a fake, police were called and she was arrested in the bank.
Samuels, aged 54, of Cuin Road, Smeth- wick, who admitted four charges of mak- ing false representations, was given a six- month prison sentence suspended for a year and ordered to pay an £80 surcharge.
Recorder Mr Robert Egbuna told her: “This was quite sophisticated, a real attempt to obtain money from someone else’s account.”
The judge also made an order under the